|Action||Amend Parts I, II, and III of the Virginia Stormwater Management Program Permit Regulations to address water quality and quantity and local stormwater management program criteria.|
|Comment Period||Ends 8/21/2009|
At a time when the entire Bay is going to be under a TMDL, how can the Commonwealth do anything other than pass the proposed Stormwater Regulations? The proposed regulations have been worked on for over three years with all parties having an opportunity to participate. Do not allow this thoughtful, scientific process to be derailed by a group who has steadfastly refused to participate and now comes forward with a "half-baked" proposal that does not protect our waterways.
When there is a discussion about how expensive the regulations will be for the building community, know that any additional cost will be passed on. Often, instead of looking at the real cost of doing business, the tax payers end up subsidizing an industry that is causing the mess.
The Cheasapeake Bay and all the tributaries are reaching a point of no return. We can not wait any long to provide meaningful regulations that stop hurting the quality of our water. We know how to begin fixing our problem. The proposed stormwater regulations are a step in the right direction. Doing nothing is not an option. Doing less than what is being proposed should also not be an option. If we choose to do less than what is being proposed, we should expect more of the kinds of "horrors expessed in the attached article: "Is Flesh-Eating Disease on the Rise?" We have the scientific knowlegde on how to fix the Bay problems. Let's have the backbone to implement it!